Tales to Astonish #42 once again contains another Ant-Man story, which features him going against the deadly and incredibly sinister Jason Cragg! Just kidding, we’re talking about Ant-Man here, so clearly a lame villain must be involved, and Jason Cragg is certainly that. Apparently, his appearance is inspired by Rutherford Hayes. Also, his power is he has the ability to control people by talking to them, a power that he got through a microphone that had radiation coursing through it.
For some reason Jason Cragg decides that Ant-Man needs to be taken out and therefore he decides to turn the residents of Center City, which has not yet been changed to New York City, against Ant-Man. Best I can tell he is doing this just because he can, because it’s not like he could’ve been doing other things with his voice (like talking to supermodels)! In the end this is yet another tale that is really hampered by a villain that comes off as laughable. Seriously, Ant-Man’s rogue gallery thus far really sucks! Outside of possibly Egghead (which is saying a lot)!
As has previously been the case, Ant-Man’s tale shares space with two other stories. The first tale, “The Eyes of the Mummy,” is a pretty standard mummy curse type tale and is a fun read. The second story, “I am not Human,” which is the more interesting of the two, features a robot who decides to disguise himself as a human being and discovers that it may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Don Heck
- Inkers: Don Heck
- Letterers: Artie Simek